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2017 Australian Open - Day 2

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Monday, GQ magazine announced Serena Williams is their pick for Woman of Year.

AWESOME but is it?

Yeah, we’re all excited to see Serena on the cover looking BEAUTIFUL as always but the issue isn’t the title Woman of the Year but on the cover, they put woman in quotes. Huh? Is Serena not a woman? Wait what?

Williams’ gender has always been questioned. In 2017, in a post on reddit, Williams opened up about being “called a man” because of her appearance.

“I’ve been called man because I appeared outwardly strong,” she wrote in a post addressed to her mother. “It has been said that that I use drugs (No, I have always had far too much integrity to behave dishonestly in order to gain an advantage). It has been said I don’t belong in Women’s sports — that I belong in Men’s — because I look stronger than many other women do. (No, I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it).”

In May, she also talked to Harper’s Bazar about the issue. “People would say I was born a guy, all because of my arms, or because I’m strong,” she said. “I was different to Venus: She was thin and tall and beautiful, and I am strong and muscular — and beautiful, but, you know, it was just totally different.”

Why can’t a woman be powerful, strong, and beautiful? Who made up that rule?